AJC: Iran Nuclear Deal Side Agreement Deeply Troubling

A senior Israeli official said in response to the reports that Israel's greatest concern about the nuclear deal with Iran was and remains that after 10 years "it will leave Iran with an industrial uranium enrichment capacity that would enable the regime to produce the fuel for many nuclear bombs in a very short time". It said that after a period between 11 to 13 years, Iran could replace its 5,060 inefficient centrifuges with up to 3,500 advanced machines.

However, one United States official pointed out that Iran will still only be able to store 600 pounds of enriched uranium for the full 15 years, and would only be able to use reactor fuel that is significantly below that needed for weapons.

It details plans to expand the nation's uranium enrichment program after a decade, halving its breakout time to build a nuclear weapon. "The deal has been finalized, the money has already been transferred to the accounts of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization", he said.

The secret side-deal - revealed to the AP by a diplomat who worked on issues related to Iran's nuclear program for over a decade, and confirmed by another diplomat possessing the same document - has raised further questions about the nuclear accord's ability to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb over the next 15 years.

Stay on topic - This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. "As for breakout times after the initial 10 years of the deal, the breakout time does not go off a cliff nor do we believe that it would be immediately cut in half, to six months".

North Korea fires missiles after South Korean missile-defense announcement
They come as North Korea's isolation deepens after it said this month it was severing all diplomatic channels with the US. Hanham, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Calif., said.

United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman briefed the 15-member Security Council on Monday on Ban's first bi-annual report on the implementation of the remaining sanctions and restrictions on Iran.

For those of us who are elected officials, few votes will be more consequential than whether to approve or disapprove the nuclear agreement President Obama has reached with Iran.

These were reportedly add-on agreements brokered after the deal was in place and kept secret from the public, according to the diplomat who shared the secret document with the global wire service. This deal was touted as a means to push back the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon; unfortunately, it has unquestionably allowed Iran too much flexibility to pursue its nuclear ambitions. The State Department says that this most recent document does not negate that.

The deal provides Iran with sanctions relief in exchange for its nuclear constraints.

The United Nations on Monday accused the Iranian regime of repeating violating worldwide law by sending weapons to militias in the Middle East. But critics note that the purchase was made only after Iran exceeded heavy water limits proscribed by the nuclear deal and assert it rewarded Tehran for violating the agreement.

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